January 24, 2011
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Building Systems Can Help Builders Cut Costs, Rebound Quickly, New BSC Chair Says
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Harry Junk

Harry Junk, who was elected the 2011 chair of NAHB’s Building Systems Councils (BSC) during the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Orlando earlier this month, said he plans to promote the systems-built industries — concrete, modular, panelized and log home construction — because they can help builders rebound from the deep housing recession by cutting costs and providing home buyers with quality housing options.

“The home building industry has been hit hard over the past few years and I want to help elevate the profile of systems-built construction options,” Junk said. “As production starts to ramp up, builders will see a great need to diversify their businesses and help reduce their overhead costs. Building systems can get them back on their feet more quickly," he added.

Junk, the owner of the Harry Junk Company in Herndon, Va., and a member of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association based in Chantilly, is also the market development director for the National Concrete Masonry Association in Herndon.

A longtime volunteer leader at NAHB, he has served on committees for NAHB’s Concrete Home Building Council, the Building Systems Councils and the National Commercial Builders Council. He also serves on the NAHB Education Committee.

In addition to his involvement with NAHB, he has been the chairman of the Environmental Council of Concrete Organizations and worked on Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation issues through various committees.

The new BSC chairman is also a contributing editor to Concrete Masonry Designs, an award-winning industry publication by the National Concrete Masonry Association.

Junk succeeds Vic DePhillips, president of Signature Building Systems, a modular manufacturer in Moosic, Pa., who now serves as the immediate past chair of the BSC. Dwight Hikel of Shelter Systems in Westminster, Md., was elected vice chair of the BSC, and Kevin Flaherty of Genesis Homes in Troy, Mich., was elected as second vice chair.

For more information, e-mail Tony Gacek at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8357. 

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